University of Technology Sydney

C10169v5 Bachelor of Biotechnology Bachelor of Business

Award(s): Bachelor of Biotechnology (BBiotech)
Bachelor of Business (BBus)

UAC code: 609176 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 041436K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus


For international students, mid-year (July/August) intake may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the faculty.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Pathway course
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Biotechnology Bachelor of Business is designed to produce graduates who are prepared for scientific practice in the biotechnology industry or who are equipped for entry into business and management in science-based businesses or institutions.

Students study the biological processes of living organisms and learn the skills required to manipulate processes in the development of new pharmaceuticals, vaccines, food or organic substances. This combined degree allows students to choose between a career in business or biotechnological science.

Career options

Graduates are able to tap into both industries and job markets. Examples include biotechnologist or manager in a bioanalytical lab, vaccine manufacturer, analyst, biotechnologist, product developer, and research scientist. Graduates can work in product development in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, quality control and quarantine, and drug and medicine research.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgements about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.
5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening -, including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.
7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications. It encompasses skills such as understanding risk management and risk taking, 'thinking outside the box', questioning the norm to suggest new solutions for old problems.
BUS.1.1 Critically analyse relevant concepts to understand practice in business and related professions in a global workplace
BUS.1.2 Demonstrate inter-relationships between differing business and related disciplines
BUS.2.1 Locate and critically evaluate relevant data and literature to address business problems through a research approach
BUS.2.2 Apply critical and creative thinking to address issues in business
BUS.3.1 Convey information clearly and fluently in high quality written form appropriate for their audience
BUS.3.2 Use oral communication appropriately to convey information clearly and fluently
BUS.3.3 Demonstrate and critically reflect on how individuals work in teams in an inclusive manner
BUS.4.1 Critically analyse business decisions in terms of ethical practice and social responsibility
BUS.4.2 Critically analyse sustainability principles for various stakeholders in relation to business contexts
BUS.5.1 Apply technical and professional skills necessary to operate effectively in business and related professions


BUS = Business course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Pathway course

Successful completion of the Insearch Diploma of Science guarantees entry into the course with at least 18 credit points of recognition of prior learning.

If you choose a major in Medical Biotechnology or Environmental Biotechnology, you may be eligible to receive 30 credit points of recognition of prior learning.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; and any two units of Science.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over four years full time. Students may also be able to complete the course part time over eight years. Part-time students may need to attend science classes for at least one half-day a week, in addition to evening classes.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 192 credit points, made up of 96 credit points of biotechnology subjects and 96 credit points of business subjects.

Graduation from the biotechnology component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Biotechnology prior to completion of the business component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Biotechnology (C10172) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree.

Similarly, if a student wishes to graduate from the business component of the combined degree prior to completion of the science component they must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Business (C10026) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree.

Course completion requirements

CBK90169 Major choice (Business) 48cp
STM90273 Core subjects (Business) 48cp
STM91192 Core subjects (Biotechnology) 30cp
CBK91236 Major choice (Biotechnology) 66cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The program shown is for a full-time student completing the Human Resource Management and Medical Biotechnology majors.

Human Resource Management major and Medical Biotechnology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
22107 Accounting for Business Decisions A   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
21129 Managing People and Organisations   6cp
24108 Marketing Foundations   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
23115 Economics for Business   6cp
26134 Business Statistics   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
Spring session
25300 Fundamentals of Business Finance   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
22207 Accounting for Business Decisions B   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
21555 Introduction to Human Resource Management   6cp
21510 Introduction to Strategy   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
21440 Management Skills   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
91180 Immunology and Human Health   6cp
21036 Managing Strategic Performance   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
21512 Understanding Organisations: Theory and Practice   6cp
21037 Managing Employee Relations   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
Spring session
21407 Strategic Human Resource Management   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
91817 Medical Biotechnology   6cp
21505 Human Resource Management (Capstone)   6cp


A Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) (C09022) is available to eligible students.

Transfer between UTS courses

There is provision for students already enrolled in a Bachelor of Biotechnology or a Bachelor of Business degree to transfer to this combined degree program, provided they meet the entry requirements for the combined degree.

Students wishing to transfer from the combined degree program to the Bachelor of Business (C10026) single degree program, and whose ATAR is less than the current entry rank for the Bachelor of Business, are required to apply for admission through the Universities Admissions Centre in the non-current school leaver category.

Professional recognition

Depending on disciplines chosen, students may be eligible for entry to the relevant professional associations.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222